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University of Adelaide
Vacation Travel Guide

University of Adelaide showing a church or cathedral, a statue or sculpture and heritage architecture
Wander the halls, gardens and boulevards of one of Australia’s oldest universities and find plenty of fascinating stories on your educational visit.

Explore the University of Adelaide and its main campus, which contains many of Adelaide’s most beloved historic buildings. Stretching from North Terrace up to the River Torrens, the spacious university grounds are an interesting place to visit for historical landmarks and the buzz of the institution’s research and learning.

The University of Adelaide is among the prestigious universities in Australia known as the “sandstone universities”, owing to the institutions’ long establishment and classic architecture.

Take a tour of the heritage buildings of the university at your own pace, with the help of the self-guided tour brochure. These can be obtained online or at the head office. Stroll along wide paths that lead through gardens of native flowers between stately castle-like buildings. The Barr Smith Library’s neoclassical architecture features red brick, tall columns and large windows, and has a serene reading room inside. Students gather to study and sunbathe on the adjacent lawns. The gothic Elder Hall resembles a cathedral and hosts over 40 concerts a year, including regular lunchtime shows on Fridays. Look for the archways of the University Cloisters crossing the lawns or check out the historic Mitchell Building and Bonython Hall.

Learn about the institution, which was established in 1874. The University of Adelaide was a pioneering institution in the fledgling Australian nation. It was the first university in Australia to grant science degrees and admit female students. It has produced many notable graduates, including Howard Florey, who is known for developing penicillin as a medicine.

Find bars and cafés with affordably priced menus scattered throughout the University of Adelaide. Car parks, bus stops and bicycle racks are conveniently placed throughout the campus. You can go online and download a map ahead of your visit. The Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, the National War Memorial (South Australia) and the State Library are all clustered here, too.

Wander the halls, gardens and boulevards of one of Australia’s oldest universities and find plenty of fascinating stories on your educational visit.

Explore the University of Adelaide and its main campus, which contains many of Adelaide’s most beloved historic buildings. Stretching from North Terrace up to the River Torrens, the spacious university grounds are an interesting place to visit for historical landmarks and the buzz of the institution’s research and learning.

The University of Adelaide is among the prestigious universities in Australia known as the “sandstone universities”, owing to the institutions’ long establishment and classic architecture.

Take a tour of the heritage buildings of the university at your own pace, with the help of the self-guided tour brochure. These can be obtained online or at the head office. Stroll along wide paths that lead through gardens of native flowers between stately castle-like buildings. The Barr Smith Library’s neoclassical architecture features red brick, tall columns and large windows, and has a serene reading room inside. Students gather to study and sunbathe on the adjacent lawns. The gothic Elder Hall resembles a cathedral and hosts over 40 concerts a year, including regular lunchtime shows on Fridays. Look for the archways of the University Cloisters crossing the lawns or check out the historic Mitchell Building and Bonython Hall.

Learn about the institution, which was established in 1874. The University of Adelaide was a pioneering institution in the fledgling Australian nation. It was the first university in Australia to grant science degrees and admit female students. It has produced many notable graduates, including Howard Florey, who is known for developing penicillin as a medicine.

Find bars and cafés with affordably priced menus scattered throughout the University of Adelaide. Car parks, bus stops and bicycle racks are conveniently placed throughout the campus. You can go online and download a map ahead of your visit. The Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, the National War Memorial (South Australia) and the State Library are all clustered here, too.

Top Hotels Close to University of Adelaide

Rydges Adelaide
Rydges Adelaide
4 out of 5
1 South Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is $72 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Veale Gardens, Adelaide Central Market, and Royal Adelaide Hospital. Rundle ...
3.9/5Very Good! (970 reviews)
"The hotel was great it had been renovated since I last stayed there in 2019. Beds are very comfortable, bathroom was very clean and the shower was good. Staff at the hotel are friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Rydges Adelaide
InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is $123 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Adelaide Casino, Parliament House, and Adelaide Convention Centre. Adelaide Festival ...
4.4/5Excellent! (929 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
ibis Adelaide
ibis Adelaide
4 out of 5
122 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is $84 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rundle Mall, University of Adelaide, and Victoria Square. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (964 reviews)
"Great location!"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

ibis Adelaide
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
3.5 out of 5
125 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is $69 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is $123 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
ibis Adelaide
ibis Adelaide
4 out of 5
122 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is $84 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
ibis Adelaide
Rydges Adelaide
Rydges Adelaide
4 out of 5
1 South Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is $72 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Rydges Adelaide
Crowne Plaza Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
27 FROME STREET, Adelaide, SA
The price is $139 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Crowne Plaza Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
Oval Hotel
Oval Hotel
5 out of 5
King William Road, North Adelaide, SA
The price is $139 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Oval Hotel
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
4.5 out of 5
55 Frome Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is $108 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
Hilton Adelaide
Hilton Adelaide
5 out of 5
233 Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA
The price is $117 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Hilton Adelaide
iStay Precinct Adelaide
iStay Precinct Adelaide
4.5 out of 5
185 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is $111 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
iStay Precinct Adelaide
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.